I love getting a glimpse of the foundations of something I’m familiar with seeing only at the surface level. Not the least exciting is getting a chance to better visualize what is going on behind the scenes of the natural world that we are surrounded with every day. So often we take for granted what goes on in the hidden inner workings of nature, and so often we are surprised to find that what goes on beneath the surface is truly beautiful.
I stumbled across this brief video that gives us a wonderful visual peek into the mathematical underpinnings of many of the aspects of the physical world around us – take a look: http://vimeo.com/77330591
“Mathematics, rightly viewed, possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty — a beauty cold and austere, without the gorgeous trappings of painting or music.”
This quote, interestingly enough, is from Bertrand Russel, one of history’s foremost atheistic thinkers. The fact that beauty exists in nature, and even its foundations, is recognized by critical thinkers on both sides of theistic spectrum. Math is an underlying structure on which the natural world is built, and we should take time to consider not only why that structure exists, but why we see it as beautiful.